53 bug bites and an itch ain’t one

Considering I’ve been resisting the itch non-stop for five days, that title is about as catchy as I can get. We spent the Fourth in our new favorite camping spot near South Lake Tahoe, only this time the mosquitoes (and flies and yellow jackets and wasps and bees) were out with a vengeance.

bug bites galore7 bites on my right ankle alone! One of them with a nice little white bump growing on it, and all of them painful as heck with hiking boots on. (Sidenote: I really have to take a non-cankle like picture of my feet one of these days.) Word on the street is that mosquitoes find some people more attractive than others and it’s the women doing all the blood-shedding. Now on my to-do list: researching wild plants to reduce the insane desire to scratch my skin off itch.

Bugs and bites be damned, we still had a grand ole time. There was some off-roading.

20130707_111613 20130707_111405Exploring a new to us spot, Indian Valley in the Tamarack Lakes Recreation Area.

P1000762 P1000758 P1000759 P1000755And enjoying the delights of our campsite.

P1000749 P1000443 P1000481 P1000464We ate like royalty (spanish rice, fajitas, chicken quesadillas, steak and asparagus and beans oh my!) but I was on vacation from everything including excessive picture-taking. Had a sad panda moment when we learned no campfires allowed for the whole weekend. That meant no campfire cones and no hobo packs, but we survived and didn’t lose any bits or pieces to frostbite. I even turned the leftover hobo pack ingredients into some tasty fajitas our first night back (marinade needs a little perfecting before I post the recipe).

steak fajitas


Thanks again to B and J for coming out and spending the weekend with us, and one more Happy Birthday to J!

Always, Sierra

How was your Fourth?

Do mosquitoes eat you alive too?

Any tips to make delicious fajitas?


Happy Fourth of July

Growing up in the heat of Sacramento, Fourth of July didn’t start until we were in the pool.


Dad would have the music playing.

And Mom would be putting the finishing touches on the best dessert ever. (Please note Mom’s version is the best ever because it has jello in it. And because my Mom makes it.)

{Recipe and source}

Happy Fourth of July to you and yours.

Always, Sierra

Running Ramblings

The early bird catches the worm! Er…trash…

Seagull Alameda

I managed to get yesterday’s run in before the sun turned into a fiery ball of death. Without sweat dripping into my eyes, I could enjoy the views.

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It was still warm though, and I spent most of the late afternoon/evening looking like this guy.


Any big plans for the Fourth? Mine involves the two B’s: beer and BBQ :). I couldn’t find any Fourth of July runs where I’ll be, but here are a few local ones if you’ve got the last-minute itch.

Alameda Mayor’s July 4th Parade R.A.C.E.


{race info – Orinda, CA}

Folsom Firecracker

{race info – Folsom, CA}

Thinking about setting off illegal fireworks? Make sure you can outrun the Police Chief first!

run crime

{Race Info – Roseville, CA}

Also, I know it’s weeks overdue (procrastinate much?!), but I had the chance to catch Spirit of the Marathon II when it premiered. I loved it! It didn’t make me tear up like the first one did, but all of the athlete’s (amateur and elite) had stories that were relatable and drew me in. The two Domenico’s and Vasyl Matviychuk are all incredibly funny, and Ylenia Anelli’s energy was contagious. Here are some of the memorable quotes I jotted down:

“I felt like i was somebody.” Domenico after his first marathon & Rome Marathon

“Work, family and running. It’s a matter of the principles in life.”

“Doesn’t matter how many hours [you finish in], everyone has the same emotion.”

“When I’m out running this is my time – not worrying about the future and not worrying about anything in the past.” Cliff

“You simply have to keep moving forward.” It sounds so easy!!

“The marathon originally was and always will be an extraordinary journey.”

“What I’d like to say to everybody listening, to the older people…run, run.” Domenico I think

 I walked out of the theater feeling inspired, two hours well spent!

Always, Sierra 

What would be your dream marathon location?

What are you doing for the Fourth? Any fun runs?

Are you a morning runner or an evening runner?